Southern First Announces New Employee, Pennie Harris

December 1, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – December 1, 2008 – Southern First Bank is pleased to announce the following new employee: Pennie Harris.

Pennie Harris joins Southern First as a Loan Operations Associate.  She has extensive loan operations experience in banking and in the mortgage industry.

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Greenville First Bank and Southern First Bank.

Greenville First Bank was established in 1999 to create a unique financial institution for the Greenville market. Southern First Bank was later formed in 2006 and serves the Columbia, SC market. The company offers a complete line of banking services, including loan and deposit products, plus online banking and Bill Pay, and free ATM access nationwide.

Greenville First and Southern First differentiate themselves from other banks by providing clients with dedicated relationship teams, led by senior officers, assigned to each client’s account for customized ClientFIRST® service.